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About Skidby Mill

The mill

Skidby Mill is a working four-sailed tower windmill, set in over an acre of land with magnificent views over the Wolds. The mill is unusual in still having all its original outbuildings around the courtyard. Some of these have been converted to form the Museum of East Riding Rural Life.

The museum is run by the staff seven days a week. Flour is subject to availability, please phone before your visit to avoid any disappointment.

Technical information about the workings of the mill is available by visiting the Further Resources page.

The museum

In the Museum of East Riding Rural Life there are two exhibition galleries: the Agriculture Gallery which looks at the agricultural history of the East Riding, and the Village Life Gallery which has displays on many aspects of rural village life.

Upstairs in the far gallery, you can see the animal feed machines that helped the mill to survive, which have now been restored but are no longer used. This floor then leads into the mill tower itself, where the working mechanisms are located, together with a display on the processes involved in milling.

Around the courtyard, one of the outbuildings contains some of the larger objects in the agriculture collection. At the side of the mill is a sheltered garden picnic area and a wildlife garden including a pond maintained by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The adjacent field is being developed as a natural history area and open play space for children.

The displays

There are two exhibition display galleries at the mill, the first looks at agricultural history in the East Riding, and the second concentrates on East Riding village life. Both galleries contain many quotes from local people which bring the displays to life.

The second gallery also currently has a display of veterinary tools, and there is a display case containing changing exhibitions run by the volunteers of the East Riding Rural Life Project. Many of these displays can also subsequently be seen in the library corridor of the Treasure House in Beverley. Visit the Skidby Mill exhibitions page to find out what is currently on display, and what future displays to expect.

On the Flour Bagging floor there this a display showing the major restoration work that was carried out on the mill between 2008 and 2010.

Skidby Mill and Museum of ER Rural Life
The entrance to the mill and museum
Display-agriculture gallery
In the Agricultural Life gallery
Display-animal feed machines
The animal feed machines